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Calderon and Mexico are experiencing their own brand of "tea party," the grass-roots population-wide revolt against their government and oppression and corruption. But, instead of our Constitution-based, peaceful and electoral tea party, theirs is a veritable witches' brew of crime, violence, drug traffic – and the wholesale illegal departure of 15 million of their citizens desperate to escape to something better.
Mr. Calderon, go back to your own country and keep trying to clean up your own house. We Americans are about to clean up ours at the polls. Our tea party is "We the People."
By Pat Boone
Posted: May 22, 2010 ~ 1:00 am Eastern
Mexican President Felipe Calderon has been making a big splash here lately. I'm wondering if our authorities checked his credentials when he entered the country. Probably not … racial profiling and all that, you know.
But the major news channels all dutifully trumpeted and broadcast his address to Congress, in which he lectured America on how we should conduct our immigration policy. After complimenting us on our history and standing in the world, he stated emphatically his disapproval of Arizona's recent announcement that the state will more strictly enforce our immigration laws. He paraphrased President Obama's earlier remarks about the Arizona stance not being reflective of America's moral code and ethical standards.
You may have seen the reaction on TV: Speaker Pelosi jumped to her feet and applauded wildly, at which the whole left side of the hall (the Democratic side) also stood and applauded, while the whole right side (the Republican side, of course) sat stolid and non-approving – much the same reaction as that of our Supreme Court justices when Obama chided them in front of the world for a decision he disagreed with.
Even without any approval or support from the right side of Congress, I'm sure both presidents were gratified by their mutual support of each other and Calderon's lecturing statements, which would immediately and repeatedly be spread abroad by the obedient media.
But amazingly, the Mexican president, after a congratulatory visit to the White House, granted one in-person TV interview, with Wolf Blitzer of CNN.
He probably deeply regrets doing that now.
To his great credit, Blitzer really pinned Calderon down on his own country's immigration policies and enforcement of its laws. Blitzer had actually read Mexico's laws – which have been, and are, far tougher on illegals entering their country than America's are on illegals here!
They've never been a secret. Surely you, like I, have read the horror stories about Americans stranded in Mexico after money and passports were lost or stolen. About the extortion by authorities, and imprisonments in notorious Mexican jails and, in the last several years, the disappearance and murders of visitors by rampant criminal gangs.
I remember several fact-based TV movies about tourists being extricated from prisons in Mexico, once by a heroic helicopter rescue. Even our government has advised against "spring break" visits to Mexico by exuberant American college students – because of real dangers caused by rampant lawlessness, corruption, drug cartels and renegade gangs, armed to the teeth and threatening even to Mexican law enforcement.
But it's being more widely revealed and known now: MEXICO'S IMMIGRATION LAWS ARE MUCH, MUCH TOUGHER ON ILLEGALS THAN AMERICA'S. (emphasis my own) And in his interview with Blitzer, Calderon – stammering at times, looking for the right words – had to admit it.
What are some of the provisions of Mexican immigration law?
- Immigrants must speak Mexico's language.
- No bilingual programs in schools, no special ballots for elections, all government business must be conducted in Spanish.
- Foreigners will never be able to hold political office.
- Foreigners will not have the right to vote no matter how long they're in Mexico; Article 33 states, "Foreigners may not in any way participate in the political affairs of the country."
- Mexican authorities are ordered to keep track of every single person in the country.
- Foreigners will not be a burden to taxpayers. No welfare, no food stamps, no health care or other government assistance programs.
- Foreigners with fake papers, or who enter the country under false pretenses, may be imprisoned.
- Foreigners who fail to obey the rules will be fined, deported, and/or imprisoned as felons.
- A Mexican who marries a foreigner with the sole objective of helping the foreigner live in the country is subject to up to five years in prison.Basically, and undeniably, under Mexican law, illegal immigration is (a crime). The General Law of Population says: "A penalty of up to two years in prison and a fine of three hundred to five thousand pesos will be imposed on the foreigner who enters the country illegally." (Article 123)
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